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LONG    LANCE

approached them, nibbling the grass as they
walked. All during this time our braves had
been taming them by their subtle method. At
first they just grunted at them. But now they
were dancing and shouting at them. This was
to let the horses know that although man could
make a lot of noise and act fiercely., he would
not harm them; that no injury could come to
them through closer contact with man*

Nothing scares a horse quicker than a quiet
thing that moves toward him and makes no noise.
He will jump and break his neck at the noiseless
movement of a rodent in the grass or a falling
twig, while a roaring buffalo or a steaming train
will pass him unnoticed. That Is because he has
the same kind of courage that man has: real
courage; the courage to face any odds that he
can see and hear and cope with, but a super-
stitious fear of anything ghostlike. The moun-
tain-lion and most other animals of prey have
courage of a different kind. A slight,, unex-
plained noise will bring them to a low, crouching,,
waiting position, while a loud noise will send them
scurrying for cover. They have more discretion
and less valour than man or the horse.

On the tenth night of our chase our warriors
made their final preparations to capture the herd.
They had manoeuvred the horses into the vicinity
of a huge half-natural, half-artificial corral which

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